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UPDATED: Keira Knightley beats Scarlett Johansson to My Fair Lady

Posted by LiveFor on October 26, 2009

600full-keira-knightleyUPDATE – 18/01/10:According to the Daily Mail Keira Knightley will not play Eliza Doolittle in the new movie version of My Fair Lady.

The Oscar-nominated actress has withdrawn herself from consideration for the role created by Audrey Hepburn in the landmark film based on the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical.

Over a period of two years, the 24-year-old star met producers Cameron Mackintosh and Duncan Kenworthy to discuss the possibility of playing the Covent Garden flower girl.

Now John Madden, who made Oscar triumph Shakespeare In Love and the forthcoming thriller The Debt, has signed on to make the film and has been busily building his team. Acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne will most likely create the dance sequences.

The film-makers are insistent that the role goes to a British actress. Among those now being asked to meet Madden is Carey Mulligan, nominated this week for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Orange Rising Star Award – END OF UPDATE

24-year-old Kiera Knightley has beaten Scarlett Johansson to the part of Eliza Doolittle in a new film adaptation of My Fair Lady.

Joe Wright, who worked with Knightley in Pride and Prejudice, has been chosen to direct the film.

In August it was reported that Knightley had been forced to compete with Johansson, 24, for the role.

“I have two actresses as potential Elizas, one British, the other American,” said Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who is producing the film with Duncan Kenworthy, at the time. “You’d know their names, but I’m not letting on.”

Last week, Kenworthy said: “I think Keira would be absolutely fabulous in it.” Emma Thompson is writing the script for the film, for which Daniel Craig has been mooted as a possible Professor Henry Higgins.

Wright had been due to direct Cate Blanchett in Indian Summer, a film about the relationship between Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, but as previously reported this had been scrapped. The Indian government had expressed concern about its portrayal of the alleged love affair.

Thanks to Pam for sending me the news.

Source: The Telegraph

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